Inexpensive Cases for iPad 2 – Backing Up A Smart Cover & Finding a Folio Case

As part of the work I’m doing for two iPad deployments, I was asked to recommend inexpensive cases to protect the iPads. In both cases (pun intended) I wanted a cover that offered decent protection and good value. I needed backside protection to go with Apple’s Smart Cover for one school and a folio style case for the iPad for another school.

Scenario one – A department at a local university had purchased Apple Smart Covers for their faculty iPads. The Smart Cover offers sleek protection for the screen, a convenient sleep/wake feature when you close/open the cover, and folds to make a triangular stand. But it doesn’t prevent scratches and other damage to the backside of the iPad 2 or offer edge protection. Here are two inexpensive, lightweight, snap-on, plastic covers for the back that work with the Smart Cover.

Acase(TM) Apple iPad 2 Smart Cover Companion Compatible Snap On Slim-Fit Polycarbonate Case for Apple iPad 2
I ordered this a few days after I got my iPad 2 with Apple’s Smart Cover and have had no problems with it. Snapped on easily, bumpers at the corners, clear plastic lets the Apple logo show through. Amazon price – $9.95.

Smart Cover Partner Snap On Slim-Fit Case for Apple iPad 2 – Crystal Clear
This appears to be a similar item and has generally good reviews on Amazon. Can’t comment on the quality or compare to the one above. Priced at $4.00.

Scenario two – I’m also working with a local charter school. We wanted folio style cases for these student iPads, one where the iPad is securely held inside, with a front and back cover. I searched for and got recommendations for a number of folio style cases. We ordered a few samples and chose this one.

amCase(TM) iPad 2 Leather Case and Flip Stand(Black) for Apple iPad 2

This case works much like Apple’s original case for the first iPad. It has a built-in stand and securely holds the iPad inside. This one also supports the sleep/wake feature (like Apple’s Smart Cover). The synthetic leather cover does add thickness but not much weight. It also needs a helping hand occasionally to get a good, smooth fit when closing. But the price was right at $17.99.

If you’ve found a good, inexpensive iPad case, tell us about it in a comment below.

About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, teaches about digital tools through his work, websites and social media. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale. On his Freelance Teaching site you'll find the resources you need to teach like a smart entrepreneur.